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September 6, 2013

Senior-heavy Indians have eyes on title

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Camanche is 5-2 after winning its first RVC home match against Cascade in four sets. It was a good measuring stick for what the Indians have to do to accomplish their goals, Davis said.

With Iowa well under way in the volleyball season, the Indians’ coach highlighted some early developments.

“You knew what you were getting with Kylie and Libby,” he said. “But to see Brettan’s all-around performances and Julia at the net — those have to be bright spots for me.”

Both players had 11 kills in the win over Cascade, breakout performances to Davis.

There’s no secret to what the Indians will try to do this fall, riding Schnoor’s strong arm (she had 78 attempts Wednesday). The 6-foot-1 player demonstrates front-row and back-row versatility (leading the team in digs thus far) and has good chemistry with long-time teammate Vogel. She’s demonstrated a particular niche for running up-tempo inside sets, and wraparound tandems off serve-receive. She’s capable of posting staggering numbers, and picky enough to mix up her shots — line, cross or off speed.

But it’s also nice for Davis to know he has others able to rise to the occasion. The Camanche roster is loaded with tall, long athletic players.

“Right now, if we can win those points that are out of system, get our hands on everything and never let the ball hit the ground, I think we’ll be successful,” Davis said.

If that’s all the team needs to fix, Camanche could fare a lot worse.

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